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Week
1

Week 1

2 hours to complete

What is this thing called science? (Michela Massimi and Duncan Pritchard)

2 hours to complete
3 videos (Total 25 min), 7 readings, 1 quiz
3 videos
1.2 What is Science?14m
1.3 Duhem & Kuhn8m
7 readings
Lecture slides10m
Recommendation for reading10m
Epistemic relativism10m
Inductivism and Falsificationism10m
Underdetermination10m
Philosophers10m
Related work by Philosophy staff at the University of Edinburgh10m
1 practice exercise
Week 1 Practice Quiz: What is this thing called science? 30m
Week
2

Week 2

3 hours to complete

Week 2: The origins of our universe (Michela Massimi and John Peacock)

3 hours to complete
5 videos (Total 41 min), 7 readings, 1 quiz
5 videos
2.2 A Very Brief History of Cosmology part I10m
2.2 A Very Brief History of Cosmology part II10m
2.3 Cosmology & Scientific Methodology5m
2.4 Conclusion5m
7 readings
Lecture slides10m
Recommendation for reading10m
General overview of modern cosmology10m
Unobservability and indistinguishable spacetimes10m
Smolin on cosmology, time and laws10m
Chris Smeenk10m
Related work by Philosophy staff at the University of Edinburgh10m
1 practice exercise
Week 2 Quiz: The origins of the universe30m
Week
3

Week 3

3 hours to complete

Week 3: Dark Matter and Dark Energy (Michela Massimi and John Peacock)

3 hours to complete
5 videos (Total 52 min), 7 readings, 1 quiz
5 videos
3.2 Dark Matter & Dark Energy part I18m
3.2 Dark Matter & Dark Energy part II13m
3.3 What prospects for Cosmology?9m
3.4 Conclusion3m
7 readings
Lecture Slides10m
Find and share news on the frontiers of science!10m
Recommendation for reading10m
On Kuhn and the rationality of theory choice10m
Underdetermination of theory by evidence10m
Dark matter and dark energy10m
Related work by Philosophy staff at the University of Edinburgh10m
1 practice exercise
Week 3 Quiz: Dark matter and dark energy30m
Week
4

Week 4

3 hours to complete

Week 4: The anthropic principle and multiverse cosmology (Alasdair Richmond and John Peacock)

3 hours to complete
3 videos (Total 51 min), 5 readings, 2 quizzes
3 videos
4.2 The Anthropic Principle and Cosmology Part I14m
4.2 The Anthropic Principle and Cosmology Part II17m
5 readings
Lecture Slides10m
Recommendation for reading10m
Inflationary cosmology10m
Multiverse Cosmology10m
Related work by Philosophy staff at the University of Edinburgh10m
1 practice exercise
Week 4 Quiz: The anthropic principle and multiverse cosmology30m
10 minutes to complete

Philosophy and the Sciences Part 2

10 minutes to complete
1 reading
1 reading
Introduction to the Philosophy of Cognitive Sciences10m

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